Aug 2, 2009
The biggest snake ever discovered was announced today on National Geographic News. Its fossilized remains turned up in a coal mine in northeastern Colombia.
The monster measured 42 feet long, weighed about 2,500 lbs., and slithered through the rainforests 60 million years ago devouring crocodiles.
According to paleontologist Hans-Dieter Sues, associate director for research and collections at the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC: "Given the sheer size, the sheer cross section of that snake, it would be probably like one of those devices they use to crush old cars in a junkyard."